Academic Support & Exam Stress

 

ACADEMIC ISSUES

  • In a fast-paced environment like Oxford, any academic issue can become a source of stress, which is why Pembroke has a huge number of people willing to help and support you in any way we can.

  • Academic issues don’t have to be big – they cover everything from needing a book the library doesn’t stock, problems with a tutor, unmarked collections, or struggles with the workload. If anything is affecting your work, don’t hesitate to reach out for support.

 

USEFUL RESOURCES

Hilary Term, 2017

  • Revision and exam preparation seminars for students with a Specific Learning Difficulty will take place at 11:30–13:00, Thursday 2 March and 09:30–11:00, Wednesday 8 March at  the Disability Advisory Service. Students wishing to book a place should email disability@admin.ox.ac.uk.

  • Hilary term can be a time of increased anxiety regarding examinations for students. A reminder that there are a number of support opportunities available to students, including examination orientation, mock examinations and revision workshops. In addition, the Counselling Service provides useful podcasts on examination preparation and revision.

  • IT tools to help you study effectively and efficiently. The course will be particularly beneficial for students with disabilities, including students with specific learning difficulties and mental health conditions. Sessions take place at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road and can be booked through IT Services. 12:30–13:30, Friday 27th January (2nd week) and Wednesday 8th February (4th week) 17:30–18:30, Wednesday 22nd February (6th Week). For disabled students registered with the Disability Advisory Service, a follow-up 1:1 session can be arranged to get students set up with the software. For more details, contact disability@admin.ox.ac.uk.

 

SUBJECT REPS

  • If your problem is specific to your degree, your subject rep will be a g those on Masters Courses. They are likely to have had experience with the same tutors, lecturers and the workload – they will know what you’re going through and can offer subject specific advice and support.

  • If you’re not sure who your subject rep is, check the ‘Academic’ section of the JCR website if you are an undergraduate, or contact your course administrator for Masters courses.

  • For those doing DPhils, clearly your degree is very specific to you, however the requirements of the course are not. You should be able to speak with departmental administrators about the requirements and timelines you need to keep to, and your supervisor(s) should be able to support your project goals and keep you on track.

 

PERSONAL / MEDICAL FACTORS

  • If a personal or medical issue is affecting your academic work, you are asked make sure that someone is aware as soon as possible so this can be taken into account, regardless of how much it’s affecting you right now.

  • You can approach your college tutor or the academic office to discuss it in confidence, and you may qualify for examination or tutorial support, or further help from the University. Your tutor can take your issues into account when setting work, arranging tutorials or offer specific advice. The academic office will need to ensure you have the right support for your degree.

 

ACADEMIC REPS

  • If you’re unsure who to go to, or what it is that you need, don’t hesitate to go to the JCR or MCR Academic Rep – they are here to help you with absolutely any academic concern you have. Your academic rep also organises academic feedback sessions once every term, so this can be a good opportunity to anonymously feedback on any wider problems related to your tutors and faculty. If you’re not sure who your academic rep is, please refer to the JCR or MCR web pages:

  • If you still have concerns after speaking to an academic rep, it is easy to arrange a chat with our Academic Director, who is very willing to help. Email: nancy.braithwaite@pmb.ox.ac.uk